Members of the JROTC program at Lansdowne High School will step into the spotlight Saturday afternoon as four members of the group present the colors before the University of Maryland's men's basketball game at the Comcast Center.
Flanked by John Horn and Jason Pruitt carrying rifles, Lamond Landry and Gabrielle Johnson will carry the U.S. flag and Maryland flag onto the court before the Terps take on Delaware State at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29.
Horn is the only senior and Johnson the only sophomore in the unit, which also includes two freshmen.
It will be a new experience for the quartet, though it will not be the Lansdowne JROTC unit's first appearance as a color guard.
Last summer, Horn and fellow seniors Frank Ray and Randall Simms were joined by junior Nicole Campbell in presenting the colors before the Catonsville Relay for Life event on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Now in his second year with JROTC, Horn said he is not nervous about stepping onto the Comcast floor in his dress blues in front of thousands of basketball fans.
Being in the color guard has been a learning experience, he said, in more ways than just learning proper posture and how to carry one's self.
"It teaches you to work as a team," said Horn, named Distinguished Graduate at last summer's annual camp for JROTC students at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
"He's an outstanding cadet," said Lt. Col. Glenn Cook (ret.), the commander of the Lansdowne program and a 23-year Army veteran.
"He's a sharp kid," said Cook, in his second year at Lansdowne after several years with Northrop Grumman and the federal government following his retirement from the military.